Section 4: Optics of Periodic Media

Light propagation in periodic media is surprisingly prolific in terms of its vast array of applications. If you have ever seen Michael Jackson’s hologram in concert, you have periodic media to thank for that! Similarly, we can thank catalytic elements with crystalline structure for making the catalytic converter in our cars work, and the list goes on. In this section, we will be primarily interested in the interaction of periodic media with light, but stay put because the basic formulation of periodic media with its Bloch wave solutions is used in a lot of places!

Table of Contents:

  1. Periodic Media
  2. Periodic Layered Media
  3. Bragg Reflection
  4. Coupled-Mode Theory
  5. Coupled-Mode Theory of Filters and Reflectors
  6. Surface Waves
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